Paul D. Williams, associate professor of international affairs and associate director of the Security Policy Studies Program at George Washington University, has published an essay titled "The African Union mission in Somalia: decision time."
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The African Union (AU) dubbed 2010 the year of ‘peace and security in Africa.’ For the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) it has been anything but. Not only has AMISOM continued to suffer heavy casualties but several non-governmental organizations have accused it of killing hundreds of civilians through indiscriminate shelling of residential areas. There is near-universal agreement that AMISOM in its current form is incapable of fulfilling its mandate to help bring peace and stability to Somalia, but time is running out to find an alternative.